Did you know that the UK leads Europe – and Europe leads the world – in parasitology research? No European country publishes more parasitology research than the UK, and UK papers were cited more than those from any other country in the past 5 years. These data arise from an analysis of parasitology outputs that was conducted as part of the BSP’s strategic planning for 2017, following a BSP Council AwayDay in Jan 2017.
Data were obtained from Elsevier SciVal for 2011-2016: Scopus was filtered according to the keyword “Parasitology” for research articles and reviews, and the returns were filtered by region and country.
Over this 5-year period, Europe produced 1763 parasitology outputs, compared to 1031 from S. America and 622 from the USA. Within Europe, the UK produced 357 of those outputs, making it the top-producing country for parasitology in Europe.
Perhaps more importantly, the UK produced some of the most highly cited outputs as well. Citations per UK publication stood at 9.3, placing the UK second only to Switzerland (with an average of 12.4 citations on 175 publications). Likewise, if we look at only the ‘top papers’ – those in the top 10% of the citation table – the UK produced 23.5% of these top papers (again, second only to the Swiss!)
The BSP takes pride in being the leading academic society for a discipline in which the UK is clearly a global leader. However, modern scientific research habitually transcends national borders, nowhere more so than in parasitology. Our annual meetings and other activities, such as international training grants for students, aim to maintain our leading position by promoting the study of parasitology within the UK, but also by promoting worldwide collaboration with other global leaders.